Setting a new standard in European research
The Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7)
is the European Unions main instrument for funding research in Europe. FP7, which applies
to the years 2007-2013, is the natural successor to the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6),
and is the result of years of consultation with the scientific community, research and policy
making institutions, and other interested parties.
Since their launch in 1984, the Framework Programmes have played a lead role in multidisciplinary
research and cooperative activities in Europe and beyond. FP7 continues that task,
and is both larger and more comprehensive than earlier Framework Programmes.
Running from 2007 to 2013, the programme has a budget of 53.2 billion euros over
its seven-year lifespan, the largest funding allocation yet for such programmes.
FP7 also has some important differences to what has gone before.